The end of the year comes hand in hand with an annual social media recap of the year. Long ass stories. Top nine. Retweeting top moments. Basically making the year we just passed way better than it actually was by simply forgetting the terrible that happened that year.
For the last day of the year, we share our negativity by bitching about everyone posting a recap of the year. Every year there are thousands of users complaining about thousands of users who do want to share their top moments of the year, basically dividing society into 2 groups with one similarity.
No one cares.
The first group doesn’t care the other group is not interested in their life.
The other group doesn’t care about the lack of interest.
First of all, why do you even follow people you don’t want to know more about? Let’s normalize unfollowing people that no longer excites you 2020. Who needs that kind of negativity in their lives?
Second of all, do you really believe MY year recap is for your benefit? Everyone is and should be putting themselves first. Social media is all about the concept of your best self. You post the photo cuz you look hot, woke, adventurous or in every sense better than the rest. Who in the right mind post a group photo cuz their friend looks hotter than them? I review my year for me. Tag along if you please. Unfollow if you don’t. Not one of us is gonna loose anything that matters.
Third of all, my good year doesn’t negate your good year. If all you did that year was survive then I’m so proud of you. If you want to relive that one good thing that happened to you that year then good for you. But if you think your year will improve by bitching about someone else’s then fuck you.
My 2019 felt like 2 completely different years.
The first few months were just terrible, full of “life lessons” that is just a fancy word for punches. I was so done. My whole understanding of life shifted so drastically and so suddenly.
The other half was so peaceful. So right. Everything made surprising sense. Everything was good.
Let’s dig into Natalia’s 2019 month by month.
I started off 2019 with a great group of friends in my apartment in Prague I shared with my best friend. Everything was good. January 10th me and my roommate were having dinner when she suddenly announced she’ll be living with my ex-boyfriend and I need to move out asap. I wrote my betrayed feelings up in 2019 is the worst and it’s been just 12 days. This article brought surprisingly high audience numbers to my blog and I’m so glad you all like my crappy life.
I celebrated my 23 birthday by myself, living with a roommate who was not talking to me. For my birthday I wrote down everything I have learned in my short but busy life: Turning 23.
Meanwhile, I watched some shows, reviewed fashion stores, explored Prague and cried to a few friends I had left about the unfairness of life. I started to look for a new apartment and very soon I realized this won’t be easy.
My search for a new apartment sucked. I send out tons of emails, calls and got either ignored or turned down way too often. I was losing hope wondering why the hell did I move to Prague in the first place. From my dark thoughts came up When I moved to Prague… some months later and become one of the most popular articles on my blog.
In the middle of my desperation came a text message informing me I got the apartment that was not only close to my previous one and close to my work, but it was also the one I liked the most.
Still paying off the debt from the first apartment I had to borrow even more money to pay for my new place. This time living on my own. I was done trusting and depending on another person whatsoever. Since that day it’s been me, myself and i.
My independence came in with a price that affected most of my year. All of the money I had saved went straight to paying off my debts. Starting off fresh after dropping out of university with almost zero money in your bank account is no fun trust me.
Everything started to look much better. I got a collaboration offer by Pressco app that I have been using ever since, setting me up for really cool photo edits of mine. The same month I started working with NYGal magazine as a writer. In that time I was already a columnist writer for the astonishing tales magazine so I started to feel really good about my writing.
By the end of February 2019, I moved to my new apartment I’ve been living ever since.
In March 2019 I was settling down in my new home.
My blog was booming. In this time I was approached by blogerize and took on their offer to move from WordPress to a self-hosted website and it’s been a ride ever since. I wrote about in my How to start blogging like a pro.
So I kept working. Working on my website. In my pharmacy. I took a bunch of courses. My first paid article got published. I started plenty of new blogger collaborations.
It was a good month.
Still working my ass off. My parents came to visit me in my new place where I introduced Prague to them. Our adventures are summed up in Day in Prague as a proper tourist.
Later on, I spent Easter in my home town. April was the month of Game of Thrones last season and I had a lot to say about that. All of that is summed up on GOT page.
Anyhow, I still kept working and writing.
This was the month of hockey championships in Slovakia, my homeland. Once again I traveled home and got tickets for 2 games, something I was dreaming of since I first fell for hockey. IIHF Slovakia and my experience contain everything you need to know about my trip.
Still working I got caught up with my busy life.
At the end of the month, I found myself in a hospital and let me tell you there is nothing scarier than calling an ambulance for yourself.
That was the first time I regretted my independence.
I talked about what happened in my What’s the worst about living alone? article. My health issues followed me for months to come.
I took Jun easily. It was a month for recovery. I wrote a lot but chilled for the most part. It was a month I joined the gym again and hang out with friends. Nothing extra special happened that month. It was hot. I ate a lot of ice cream. I tanned a lot. Perfect month.
This month I went to Italy for a quick day trip to the sea with a friend. What happened at my one-day trip to Bibione Italy. sums up our trip.
I realized that for the duration of 2019 I did not travel to a new country whatsoever. It’s true I traveled some, but not as much as I wished for. Despite my financial situation, it was quite ok. I revisited counties I have already visited before. Italy. France. Hungary. Poland. Germany. All with a new mindset.
I even went on a first solo trip. First of many to come.
Same old same old. I wrote a lot.
I kept writing and reviewing. Once again a went to Slovakia for my days off work and me and my family embarked on new adventures together. That summer we explored a lot of our neighbor states. In August we visited Poland and plenty of stuff happened in a very short span of time. Here they are:
- Quick trip to Salt Mine Wieliczka in Poland
- Auschwitz concentration camp and the dilemma of selfies
- Night in Krakow and sleeping on a boat
- How we got to the Eye of the Sea by horses
After the Poland trips, we moved on to Hungary. Here is what happened there:
It was an incredibly busy but exciting month.
This month I sat down and wrote down everything that happened the month before. I stayed home for a while before returning back to my Prague life.
It was a month I wrote my significant 5 types of Marks I met online dating that becomes unbelievably popular among my readers.
My life has fallen into a peaceful routine. I had it all figured out. I was at peace.
That’s when the universe rewarded me even more and I took on the opportunity to deepen my work with NYGal and I started to manage their Instagram page, which greatly improved my financial situation.
I kept adulting so hard and writing my heart out.
After a month of peace and quiet followed the month of rush and adventures. A friend of mine from my American travels came to visit me in Czechia and together we did a lot of exploration of the country.
Here is every awesome place we explored:
- Exploring Czechia with an American: Kutna Hora edition
- Exploring Czechia with an American: Karlstejn Castle edition
- Exploring Czechia with an American: Karlovy Vary Day one edition
- Exploring Czechia with an American: Karlovy Vary Day Two edition
I had a great time. Never knew the beauty that Czechia holds.
For the rest of the month, I was writing. What a surprise.
September was the month of Joker movie release and it was the first movie I went to see alone in the cinema. Right after I came back I sat down and wrote my review of the Joker and Long expected Joker (2019) review become my most-read article of the year. All in just 3 months! The hype and love for my work were overwhelming. Thank you for your appreciation.
I was on a roll with good articles that month as my other glorious piece Please don’t send me your duck pics got published and ranked so high among my audience.
What more can I say, it was a very productive month for me.
November was for relaxing after yet another busy month of mine. The year 2019 was of great change in a pharmacy I work in. Many coworkers left and many new came it. Thankfully we clicked perfectly with the new crew and we hang out a lot. I don’t know what I did to deserve such great coworkers, work that I enjoy, pretty apartment to live in grand city of Prague and work on side projects of my dreams.
November was the month I started managing one more Instagram account of fablyst fashion store.
By the end of the month, I longed for some personal change so I said goodbye to my Marilyn Monroes resemblance with my blond hair and went back to my roots. I become brunette again.
More on that in my New Hair, Who Dis?
Following my pattern of bussy vs calm month, December was one hell of a ride. I started off the month in Paris. I followed up with the next weekend in Prague with friends. Next week was my first solo trip to Germany and the last one before Christmas I spent home with my family in Slovakia. Natalia’s December- 4 weekends= 4 states. I’m beyond blessed
I went to 3 Christmas parties that month and even managed to do 7 weeks 7 articles challenge I set myself. To be fair, I have no idea how did I survived a month like this but I am so grateful that was how I was ending 2019.
Besides my busy schedule, December was the month of Star Wars. You might all know by now that I’m a huge fan of pop culture. We all collectively fall in love with baby Yoda and resembled the last movie of the star wars saga.
By the end of 2019 I was defeated by cold and spend my last days sweating in bed but despite that my 2019 was beyond expectations.
Renegade7x did well this year. Really well.
Shout out to my dear readers. Without you reading and interacting with my babbling this all would have been really lonely and embarrassing.
As I mentioned in my What a decade it was reflection on the last decade, I never dreamed of doing what I do now and I’m loving every second of it. It would be nothing without your support. Thank you for allowing me to grow and share my life with you.